The years of planning, meetings, and after-work discussions in the White Hart pub are over, and now it's almost time for the remainder of the colonists to land on Mars to put their plans for a self-sustaining Mars colony into action. But while the team may have left Earth behind and planned for a queer-friendly cruelty-free society, they're still bringing all their human faults with them. Not only do they face harsh conditions and natural disasters, there are also the kinds conflicts that come all to easily to humanity.
Earth, or more precisely, humanity, is headed for disaster. Seeing little chance that things will change, a mysterious consortium of nations and rich individuals decides to secretly build a colony on Mars, so that if the worst happens on Earth, humanity will survive. Two married scientists are hired to manage the project. They, and the team they assemble, have to come up with answers to some tough questions about how to ensure a human colony, which they have to assume will be cut off from Earth, can be viable.